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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Newsletter - January 2018

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2018-01
January 10, 2018
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"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
(Isaiah 43:19)

A New Beginning


It is a New Year!  We wish you a New Year filled with great joy and happiness. It is truly a blessing to start anew no matter what our past may have been - glory, success, joy, sorrow or pains.  This newness applies not only to the physical realm, but also to the spiritual realm.

God gives us a new beginning when we believe Him and accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord in the spiritual realm. It is a new relationship with the Creator God Almighty. But that is not all. God gives us several additional gifts along with this new relationship. A new citizenship, a new family, a new purpose, a new power, a new destiny, and a new journey.

In Billy Graham's, "7 Steps to a New Beginning," he explores what our new relationship with Christ looks like:

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7 Steps to a New Beginning
If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live.
God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation − whether you feel like it or not.
What does this mean? What really happens to us when we believe in Christ? Let me list seven gifts God gives you when you commit your life to Christ.
 

A New Relationship


The first thing that happens when we give our lives to Christ is that God gives us a new relationship.
Once we were separated from God because of our sins − and not just separated, but alienated from Him. The Bible Says we were “excluded … , without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).
Yes, the first thing that happened when you committed your life to Christ is that God gave you a new relationship. He is now your loving heavenly Father, and you are now His child, spiritually reborn into His family.
 

MINISTRY UPDATES
2017 in Review

As the year 2017 has just ended, we want to look at the past year and review the highlights of what God has done in and through SfK Ministries. For easy reference, we have used the acronym S.F.K. M.I.N.I.S.T.R.I.E.S.
SfK Ministries established its business model (equipping and empowering missional businesses) in the form of four functional groups: Missional Business (MB) Community, MB Academy, MB Fund and MB Trading. 
Freedom Business Alliance Forum, which was held in August in Chiang Mai, opened a new dimension to SfK Ministries, particularly in promoting the products of freedom businesses through the MB Trading arm of SfK Ministries, as discussed above. 
Korean counterpart of SfK Life (SfK Korea) has been established; its dedication service was held in March, its first board meeting was held in August and its seed capital for SfK Impact Fund was raised.
Marketing efforts for SfK Ministries included the production of two video clips in addition to the website, the blog, the Facebook group and the newsletter.  
Investment in Sky Bay Thailand was successfully completed after a long process, which became the first implementing member of SfK Ministries. Praise the Lord!
Newsletters for SfK Ministries was published regularly 12 times in 2017. We've been able to share interesting articles by various authors and share updates and prayer requests regularly through the circulation of our monthly newsletter.
Investment activities remained sluggish due mainly to: 1) the lack of funding and also 2) the scarce availability of missional businesses that are worthy of SfK investment.
SfK MBA’s 80-hour boot camp training was held four times in three cities: twice in Kigali,Rwanda, once in Los Angeles, California and once in Chiang Mai, Thailand. All received favorable evaluation and it has become a signature program of SfK Ministries.
TBN Asia Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lausanne Consultation on Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Youth KOSTA in Chiang Mai, Thailand,  Leadership Training for Good Neighbors International in Bangkok, Thailand, IBA Leaders’ Forum and Conference in S. Korea were part of external conferences/seminars/forums where SfK Ministries was exposed.
Resource development efforts in the U.S. expanded the supporter base in 2017 by 77% from the previous year. One thing to note is that all board members of SfK Life Corporation participated in making financial contribution to SfK Ministries. Even a few Kingdom Fellows serving as SfK staff made a donation. Praise the Lord for the committed board members and Kingdom Fellows!
IT team continued making considerable progress in 2017, including the establishment of SfK’s web-based training platform that can also be used for video conference call. 
Exploratory trips to Cambodia and Laos were made in 2017, which have resulted in SfK’s expansion plan to Cambodia as one of 2018’s first priorities for geographic expansion.
Shared Accounting Service or SfK SAS was established on a cloud-based platform. Its user manual has been developed and is ready for use.
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We honor and praise God who has enabled and empowered us to build a greater momentum in the second year of ministry in 2017.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
 
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2018:  K-BAM Philippines.  Jeffrey will participate in this event to learn and share. Please pray that it will provide inspiration and impact for the attendees. 
  • January 2018:  SfK Business Plan and Strategic Plan Update.  This annual planning process requires a lot of efforts, energy and coordination among stakeholders spread in several countries. Please pray that the plans will reflect God's will and guidance accurately. 
  • Feb. 9, 2018:  SfK Life Board.  The board will review and approve the annual business plan as well as the strategic plan update. Please pray that this board meeting will define the goals and objectives for the 2018 ministries according to God's will. 
  • Mar. 16-17, 2018:  BAM Seminar and Exploratory Trip to Vietnam.  Jeffrey will make an exploratory trip to Vietnam and hold a BAM Seminar. Please pray that this trip will receive God's favor and allow Jeffrey to meet people whom he needs to meet. 
  • Mar. 20, 2018:  SfK Korea Board Meeting.  The board will consider and make important decisions. Please pray that such decisions will be made in a way that is pleasing to God.
  • May 29-Jun. 8, 2018:  SfK MBA Irvine.  Jeffrey will lead the training along with two other faculty members for up to 15 trainees about Principles and Practices of Effective BAM. Please pray that this training program will help the attendees reshape their perspectives according to God's design and learn the knowledge and skills that are necessary for the implementation.  

 
We thank you for standing with us on this journey to produce synergy for the Kingdom of God.
We at SfK Ministries wish you a blessed New Year!
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Newsletter - December 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-12
December 8, 2017
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"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
(2 Corinthians 4:8-10)
 

When Brethren Disagree

It is impossible to always have agreement with people within an organization or an enterprise. It is the case no matter how well they get along and they maintain a good team spirit, even within a church that is supposed to consist of people of the same spirit. This is more so within a business that is composed of people of different motives and goals.

A missional business is not an exception. Without conscious attention and intentional efforts, a missional business can face significant challenges in the midst of disagreements.

The following article suggests some pragmatic tips in handling disagreement among brothers and sisters in Christ.

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MINISTRY UPDATES
  • On November 14-16, a 3-day strategic meeting (Nov 14-16) with a missional entrepreneur in Cambodia and his team members took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We have agreed on establishing an alliance effective 2018. This strategic alliance will help strengthen SfK Ministries significantly. Praise the Lord who provides!
  • God has also provided an implementing member in Tanzania, Africa. Although there are a few details that need to be ironed out, we are excited about possibilities and are confident in Christ's wondrous provision. 
  • On November 26th, Jeffrey had a meeting with a large Korean American church in southern California to explore the possibility of collaboration in 2018. The meeting went smoothly and we are waiting to take the next steps. We are excited about what the Lord will do through this relationship.
  • Jeffrey delivered a message about the Ministry of Reconciliation in conjunction with work, business and Business as Mission at New Jersey Harvest Church in Closter, NJ on Dec 1, 2017. 
  • There were a couple of fruitful meetings in Pennsylvania to explore the possibility of strategic alliance. Nothing concrete came out of the meetings, but the efforts to seek collaboration will continue through alliance or partnership.
  • SfK Kingdom Fellows and potential supporters got together with Jeffrey in California and New York. Jeffrey plans to continue meeting with groups and individuals through December 22nd.
  • During his trip to the U.S., Jeffrey has shared with people several products made by a few freedom businesses in Kolkata, India, Kathmandu, Nepal and Bangkok, Thailand. He has also shared a couple of products sold by a Cambodian missional business. We seek to establish a network of trading posts in different cities to promote these products, which expect to produce synergy for the Kingdom of God through holistic transformation. And, the Lord has prepared a veteran businessman to lead our endeavor for this trading line of business for SfK Ministries. Praise the Lord!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1.  Jeffrey will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California to meet with several potential supporters. Products made by freedom and missional businesses will be shared, as well as messages to challenge and inspire people to become involved. Please pray that these meetings will produce many fruits that will honor God. 
  2. Jeffrey has agreed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Business Alliance, a global trade association for freedom businesses. Please pray that he will serve with integrity, excellence and stewardship.
  3. SfK Ministries has begun to update its Strategic Plan (2018-2020) and its Vision 2020Please pray that this process will be realistically ambitious in God's eyes.
  4. All members of SfK Ministries have begun to establish their 2018 business plans and budgetsPlease pray that this process will go smoothly and bear godly fruit.
  5. Feb. 9, 2018: SfK Life (USA) will hold its board meeting.
  6. Mar. 20, 2018: SfK Korea will hold its board meeting. Please pray that these meetings will be conducted in a godly manner and will produce beneficial decisions and execution plans.
  7. SfK Missional Business Academy (MBA) schedules are filling up quickly for 2018. So far, SfK MBA has been scheduled tentatively for April in Korat, Thailand, May in California, July in Kigali, Rwanda, October in Chiang Mai. Please pray that the preparation will be made thoroughly and SfK MBAs will produce significant impacts in the lives of people in the corresponding countries. 
  8. SfK Ministries seeks partners and supporters. As the Lord expands the ministries of SfK, we trust that He will also send partners and supporters as needed. Please pray that the Lord will help us open our eyes to see His will and ears to hear His voice clearly.. 

 
 
May the Lord will help you finish 2017 well and prepare you for a renewed start in 2018. God bless you richly to be a blessing to others.

Wishing you great joy in celebrating the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving... by Dr. Stephen R. Graves

U.S. Americans celebrate the fourth Thursday of November as the Thanksgiving Day. Families gather together and celebrate this special day in their own traditional way. Many people eat turkey, cranberry and pumpkin pie, watching American football game. Also, they typically express thanksgiving to God who has provided many things throughout the year.

We can easily remember things that are important to us, things like what we want or need. We do not need to be reminded of what we ask. But, we tend to forget that we need to be thankful unless we are reminded. Even the bible reminds us to be thankful always. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 

I was wondering why people tend to forget to be thankful.

The most obvious spiritual reason was the depravity. Sin keeps us from being thankful.

Also, we tend to take many things for granted while they may be what someone else is praying for, leading to lack of grateful heart.

As I was looking for more reasons why people are not grateful, I have run into an article that Dr. Stephen R. Graves has written: The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving. 

He has listed and briefly described 7 things that can easily destroy our attitude of gratitude.

These 7 things are:
1. Narcissism - If you are self-focused, you tend to take things for granted and not be grateful.
2. Unbridled appetite - If you lack contentment, you will be less likely to be thankful.
3. Disregard for the small and intangible - If you keep chasing the bigger and the better, you will not be grateful for the small and intangible things that you should appreciate.
4. Captured by consumptive culture - If you are polluted by the materialistic consumerism, you will be more likely to remain ungrateful no matter how much you have.
5. Separated memory - If you do not know how to reflect the blessings received in the past, you will remain discontent about the present.
6. Upward comparison - If you compare yourself with people who have more and live wealthier, you will tend to feel unhappy and want more, leading to discontentment and ungratefulness.
7. Lack of vulnerability - If you have always been in a position to give or help, you tend to elevate yourself unnecessarily too high, thus feeling no need to thank anyone.   

To read the entire article, please click here to go to the link.

On this upcoming Thanksgiving Day and beyond, I pray that you and I will learn to cultivate the attitude of gratitude more in our heart and put it into practice in our daily lives.

I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day! - Jeffrey  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Newsletter - November 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-11
November 10, 2017
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"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

(Philippians 4:19,20)
Business as Mission (BAM) is not a technique or skill that one can master quickly. Rather it is a substantial change in perspective on work and business. It is a holistic worldview and lifestyle that integrates the Word and the deeds strategically in business on a long-term basis towards the advancement of the gospel on earth.

BAM is not a stop gap for the funding shortage that traditional missions experience. BAM is not a means to an end, but in and through itself the gospel of God must be lived out.

BAM is clearly a global movement. But it is not complete nor perfect. It still has many needs and gaps.
The following article, prepared in 2009 by Mats Tunehag (Chairman of BAM Global), addresses this very issue and after eight years this article still remains valid and true. I trust you will find insights from this article.

- Editor
 

 

A Global Overview of the Business as Mission Movement: Needs & Gaps

 
Mats Tunehag Category: Perspectives Issue: 01-2009
Business as Mission (BAM) is part of a wider global movement that recognizes and responds to God’s call to the whole Church taking the whole gospel to the whole person in the whole world.BAM is a relatively new term, but is based upon biblical concepts. The BAM concept is holistic in nature and content; it is built upon the truth that God has the power to transform people and communities spiritually, economically, socially, and environmentally.
BAM does not accept the unbiblical and pervasive paradigm of a dichotomy between sacred and secular, where “church” or “missionary” work is considered a spiritually superior “full-time ministry” and doing business is considered less “spiritual”—or worse. In the last fifteen years the BAM concept has spread across the world and the number of BAM initiatives has grown dramatically.
However, there are still major needs and gaps in the global BAM movement. This article will attempt to identify and briefly elaborate on a few of them. The following nine points can be used for prayer, discussion, planning, and action.

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MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • WEC BAM Conference (October 14-16), Chiang Mai, Thailand Jeffrey met with WEC's leadership on BAM to explore the possibility of collaboration for the Kingdom. The meeting went well and we pray for a tangible and fruitful collaboration. 
  • SfK MBA Kigali II (October 30 - November 4), Kigali, Rwanda. SfK Ministries held its second MBA in Kigali in 2017, following one held in April. The training went very well with Jeffrey Lee, Sung Soo Kim, Evangelene Ong and Dan Mutiganda sharing the training responsibility. All 12 participants are committed to pass their learning to others in a constructive way. The participants have been carefully selected by Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church so that they may develop their own training curriculum for the congregation members of hundreds of churches within the diocese. SfK Ministries will continue working with them in their journey.
 
  • Nanuri Co. Ltd., Kigali, Rwanda. Currently, it is undergoing the the first of a three-phase development project.  The initial phase involves the construction of a medical center and a guest house. Jeffrey shared a message on one of its weekly prayer meetings and participated in its board meeting to prepare for the upcoming completion of the construction and subsequent grand opening of two businesses. The Nanuri Community consists of a group of families and provides driving forces behind this company's ambitious project. 
  • Sky Bay, Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, the implementing member of SfK Ministries in Thailand, continues to expand its business incubation activities while expanding its own SNS marketing programs. It organized the SFK MBA Chiang Mai and will be hosting the first business plan contest. It is also pilot testing the SfK Shared Accounting Service with the help of a Kingdom Fellow, Hana Lee, from Seoul Korea on its accounting capability. 
  • New Life Corporation, Bangkok, Thailand is a missional business that focuses on serving Thai nationals who worked in Korea and have since returned to Thailand. New Life desires to take a holistic approach towards caring for their spiritual needs through six churches in Thailand as well as economic needs through 14 cafes. They are also preparing to enter into the organic chicken farming business. SfK Ministries desires to work with them to establish, develop and position themselves within this market to produce synergy for the Kingdom of God.
  • SfK Shared Accounting Service is still under pilot testing. We face some challenges, but with creative minds working together, we will be able to overcome them. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. SfK Life Board Meeting (November 10, 2017)Please pray that the board members will consider and decide all issues presented with God's divine discernment and wisdom. 
  2. Strategic Planning Session (November 13-16, 2017) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Two will come from Cambodia and one will come from Korea. Please pray that this strategic planning session will be fruitful for the Kingdom of God. 
  3. Jeffrey's Travel to the U.S. (November 17 - December 22) - Jeffrey and his wife, Kristin, will visit Los Angeles, Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. In addition to spending time with their children over the holiday season, they plan to share the activities of SfK Ministries and develop financial resources. For this trip, they will share with supporters a variety of products made by a few freedom businesses that rescue, equip and empower women entrapped in modern slavery including human trafficking. Please let us know if you want to host small gatherings in your living room to learn more about SfK MinistriesPlease pray that their trip will be fruitful with inspiration shared with many people on the transformational power of missional businesses. 
  4. SfK Ministries Business Plan and Strategic Plan - SfK Ministries has begun the process of preparing its business plan and refine its strategic plan. Please pray that this process will be handled with God's wisdom. 
  5. Kingdom Fellows Needed - We all are blessed with God-given talents. You can participate in SfK Ministries even remotely using your God-given talents. Kingdom Fellows are fellow workers for God's Kingdom. They share the vision, mission and core values of SfK Ministries, and desire to love and serve God and His Kingdom by helping equip and empower missional businesses. These missional businesses in turn love, serve, equip and empower those around them and within their communities. You are invited to use your talents in equipping and empowering these transformative missional businesses. Please contact us at info@sfklife.org for more details. 
 

 
Until our next update about SfK Ministries and its transformational impact, we pray that God will richly bless you to be a blessing to many people around you!
 
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